Growing for it in Gorebridge

Planting Party.
Planting Party.

WITH the sun beating down on Gorebridge, local residents and volunteers got to work planting 264 trees.

Gorebridge Growers began work on a six-month pilot gardening project with a tree-planting picnic at McLean Place.

James McLeod, Caretaker of Garden, Michael and Mirren Hill with Lorna Dunbar

James McLeod, Caretaker of Garden, Michael and Mirren Hill with Lorna Dunbar

These trees – rowan, hawthorn, blackthorn and elderberry – will make up the hedgerow, and once they are grown, the group will be able to make jams, jellies, cordials and chutneys out of the produce.

McLean Place resident James McLeod has been a key asset in getting the garden up and running and a key contact for local residents wanting to get involved, and is now in capacity as the group’s caretaker.

He said: “We’ve been really happy to see how many trees we managed to get planted and with the number of people who came along to help. This is a project which I think is going to really benefit the local community.”

Read the full story in this week’s Advertiser.

Shona Maguire (organiser),  James McLeod (Garden Caretaker), Rebecca Cairns (Woodland Trust) and volunteer Ellie Cairns

Shona Maguire (organiser), James McLeod (Garden Caretaker), Rebecca Cairns (Woodland Trust) and volunteer Ellie Cairns